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Mark

Location:

Irvine, CA
Hometown: Berkeley

Member since:

October 26, 2008

What authors, books define you, make you think, make you laugh?

In the 90s, read a lot of Douglas Coupland and William Gibson, although Pagan Kennedy was more likely to make me laugh. Among nonfiction, The Clash of Civilizations and Jihad v. McWorld were among the titles that really made me think. Formerly immersed in texts about the new Information Society.

What do you hope to get out of the club?

Would like a low-pressure, occasional haven from the office and the news media, with others who enjoy discovering new ideas and writers, and are desperately seeking people to share these with.

Describe a successful discussion.

Several people contribute ideas and opinions in roughly equal amounts. Someone finds some thought or phrase in the book that no one else noticed and brings it to our attention. A group member has read other similar books and compares them for us.

Are you a talker? Listener? Icebreaker? All or noneof the above?

More of a listener, but with a group of like-minded people I often open up and express opinions.

Introduction

I always like to hear about new titles and authors in fiction, politics, sociology, and talk about them! I also have suggested titles for the group. After reading widely in college, I want to explore as much new material now as I can.

What Mark is saying about this Meetup Group

Everyone who attends is well-read and often has suggestions for future authors and titles we should try. Many people contribute to the discussion. Discussion often wanders off into other subjects inspired by events or characters in the book, but this is generally welcome.


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